Safety first as Lakeside powers ahead

The team at Colnbrook’s Lakeside Energy from Waste (EfW) facility is marking over five years without a Lost Time Accident1.

At the same time, the plant’s excellent production record means it is consistently operating at maximum capacity. Over 2.5 million tonnes of non-recyclable waste from the south east of England have been processed and over 1.5 million MW of electricity have been exported to the National Grid, well above original expectations.

The plant’s impressive safety record means that Lakeside, a joint venture between Grundon Waste Management and Viridor, is in line for a special award from its insurance company.

The Lakeside Energy from Waste facility, a joint venture between Grundon Waste Management and Viridor

Danny Coulston, Lakeside’s Director of Operations, said: “We’re all very proud of our achievements. We take safety extremely seriously, with regular briefings to both our own employees and third party contractors. Our success demonstrates that our safety culture really pays dividends.

“Our systems and processes mean we operate to the highest standards. We are delighted our efforts have also been recognised by our insurers, to whom we are very grateful for our award.”

On December 1, insurance company FM Global will present the Lakeside team with a special Risk Improvement award, given to organisations which have shown particular improvement in the way they operate their business.

A spokesman for FM Global, said: “During our five year partnership with Lakeside EfW, the management team has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to both sound risk management practices and continuous risk improvement. This is reflected in the plant’s excellent record of reliability and dependability.

“Those working at Lakeside EfW should be extremely proud of their risk management achievements – we view Lakeside EfW as a best in class risk within our insurance portfolio”.

During its regular operations, Lakeside employs 50 people. When processing is stopped for the planned annual maintenance programme, that figure can go up to around 200 people on site at any one time.

As well as its latest award, Lakeside is the proud holder of five ISO standards. These standards are developed by the British Standards Institute, to make sure products, processes and services are fit for purpose. Lakeside holds awards for environment, health and safety, energy management, quality and business continuity.

1The term ‘Lost Time Accident’ is defined as any work related injury or illness which prevents that person from doing any work the day after the accident.

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